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Commonwealth Games 2022: Indian women’s hockey team loses to Australia as officials blunder, fans furious over howler

The score went 1-1 in the regular time, while Australia won the match 3-0 in the penalty shootout, but the focus has now shifted to a blunder by the officials that cost India the match.

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New Delhi: Indian women’s hockey team clashed with Australia in the semi-finals match in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. The score went 1-1 in the regular time, while Australia won the match 3-0 in the penalty shootout, but the focus has now shifted to a blunder by the officials that cost India the match.

In the penalty shootout, Indian captain Savita Punia executed a brilliant save against Australia’s Ambrosia Malone.  It was then that the umpire informed that the technical director did not start the clock and the stroke was to be retaken. The Indian team protested against the decision, while the commentators, as well as the fans, were in disbelief. When the shot was taken again, Malone managed to convert it this time. Eventually, Australia won with a margin of 3-0 as Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton scored while Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur failed to put the ball in the goal post.

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This loss ended India’s dream to be in the finals of the Birmingham game, however, the team will play the bronze medal match against New Zealand. Even the game between England and New Zealand was tied at 0-0 when the English team won the game in the penalty shootout by scoring two goals.

Indian fans, including sports experts, are furious about this howler. Netizens are pouring in comments on social media referring to the incident as shameful. Cricketer Virender Sehwag shared the video along with his views on the incident.

Some fans went furious while others went speechless seeing India’s captain Savita Punia cry during the post-match presentation.

People also pointed out the timer issue in the men’s bronze medal match in the Tokyo Olympics.

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